Although the recession has ended, many families in Pennsylvania—and across the U.S.—are still reeling from its effects. Record numbers of Americans have sought food assistance over the past year, many for the first time in their lives. In the past three months alone, the Coalition Against Hunger has helped nearly 2,000 people in Philadelphia put food on their tables, by connecting them with SNAP (food stamp) benefits so they can buy groceries for their families as they get back on their feet. We’ve helped people like Tammy F., who lost her job at a pharmaceutical company last year. The 34-year-old mother had no idea how she was going to feed her 8-year-old son and 70-year-old mother. Even when she was employed, Tammy struggled to pay for their medications, since both her son and mother had physical disabilities. “There were times when I was standing there, crying, thinking, Why is this happening?,” says Tammy. Tammy learned about the Coalition’s SNAP (Food Stamp) Hotline from her state representative’s office, where she often volunteered. “He told me to call the number to get help—it was great advice,” she says. The Coalition helped Tammy obtain her benefits and referred her to community food pantries for extra support. “This was the first time in my life I had to go through something like this, and the Coalition was wonderful to work with,” Tammy says. Every day, supporters like you allow us to help people like Tammy make ends meet as they rebuild their lives. Thank you for your continued support in our ongoing fight against hunger.
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